Missouri Tigers vs. Valparaiso Crusaders - 11/16/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Valparaiso Crusaders (1-0) at Missouri Tigers (0-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Mizzou Arena)
The Line: Missouri Tigers -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Valparaiso Crusaders will travel to face the Missouri Tigers this Sunday at the Mizzou Arena.
The Valparaiso Crusaders opened up their season with a nice 90-76 victory over East Tennessee State this past Friday night. Leading the way for the Crusaders was Preseason Horizon League First-Team Member Alec Peters who went 9-15 from the floor for 27 points and 6 reb, Junior Guard Darien Walker who poured in 20 points going 5-7 from long-range, and Freshman Guard Tevonn Walker who scored 16 points while going a perfect 8-8 from the FT line. Bruce Drew, in his fourth season as Head Coach, lost First Team All-League guard Lavonte Dority and his 15.7 ppg from a team that noticed 18 wins last season and although has a young team many expects feel that Valparaiso could make some noise in the Horizon League this year.
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The Missouri Tigers could be in for a long season based off their stunning 69-61 upset lost to the UMKC Kangaroos this past Friday. Coach Anderson knew that this could be a tough season going in losing his top three scorers from this past season in Jabari Brown, Jordan Clarkson, and Earnest Ross, but I’m sure him and his team didn’t expect the outcome that occurred at Mizzou Arena on Friday. Leading the way for this Tigers this past Friday were guards Montague Gill-Caesar (21 points, 7 reb) and Wes Clark (13 points, 5 ast, 6 stl). Missouri got down early in this game and was never really able to ever climb its way back in it. Coach Anderson will have to hope that his team will regroup quickly and immediately improve its three-point (21.7%) and free-throw (50.0%) shooting or it could be beginning of a long season in Missouri.
The Crusaders are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall while only 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. The Tigers are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 homes game, but are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up loss.
Both Missouri and Valparaiso have young teams, and although you never want to over-react after just one game, it has to be concerning for Missouri that they were dominated at home against a team projected to be near the bottom of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). As of right now, I’m going to roll with the Crusaders and the points in this one.